I recently had reason to visit the small village of Heyshott, nestling in the South Downs, around three miles south of Midhurst, its not really a place you would likely pass through, other than visiting other nearby villages in what appears to be the middle of nowhere.
Just a few cottages, a church, a farm or two,no village shop anymore, most importantly though the village pub survives. The Unicorn Inn.
A typical looking country pub.
As you walk in through the front porch, you find rustic walking sticks for sale.
Once inside the pub, its apparent this is a pub of two halves, to the rear and side extension is a dining area, unsurprisingly not in use at 11.30 on a sunny Tuesday morning.
The small front ” Public Bar” part of the pub though, was everything you would expect of a country pub.
Dark Oak beams and uprights clothed in horse brasses, exposed brick walls and wooden paneling , some old black and white photos, willow pattern plates and more horse brass adorning the brickwork, a wooden floor, open fire, dartboard and a few sensible tables and chairs.
Two beers were available from the four handpump’s, Andwell’s Spring Magic and , you’ve guessed it, Doom Bar. I am not a fan of Andwell’s beer in general, but it was my preferred choice of the two.
The beer was in good condition and nicely refreshing on a warm day, if not overly exciting to my hop infected taste buds.
A lovely little pub in a nice sleepy village.